noun \ˈtōd\

: a small animal that looks like a frog but has dry skin and lives on land

: an unpleasant person

Full Definition of TOAD

:  any of numerous anuran amphibians (especially family Bufonidae) that are distinguished from the related frogs by being more terrestrial in habit though returning to water to lay their eggs, by having a build that is squatter and shorter with weaker and shorter hind limbs, and by having skin that is rough, dry, and warty rather than smooth and moist
:  a contemptible person or thing

Examples of TOAD

  1. He's such a mean little toad.
  2. <that miserable toad is lucky to have even a single friend>

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Origin of TOAD

Middle English tode, from Old English tāde, tādige
First Known Use: before 12th century

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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

American toad (Bufo americanus).—George Porter—The National Audubon Society Collection/Photo Researchers

Any member of 26 genera (order Anura) of mainly terrestrial, nocturnal, tailless amphibians. Toads have a squat body, short legs, external fertilization, and teeth in the upper jaw. They eat insects or small animals. The more than 300 species of true toads (Bufo) are found almost worldwide. They are 1–10 in. (2–25 cm) long and have thick, dry, often warty skin. Poison secreted by glands on the back and warts irritates the eyes and mucous membranes of predators. Some species' poison can paralyze or kill animals as large as dogs, but toads do not cause warts. Toads reproduce by laying in water two long jelly tubes containing 600–30,000 eggs. The genus Nectophrynoides contains the only anurans that bear live young. See also frog, horned toad.


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